Ragnhild Mowinckel had her breakthrough season during the 2018 season. ”The rookie of the year” is just one of the terms used to describe her but since she has been racing the World Cup for six years already, that’s not really fitting. No matter what, Ragnhild - and the rest of the Norwegian women’s team - has had great success in the last few seasons and are to reckon with during the Åre 2019 Championships.
Mowinckel collected 849 World Cup points last season, compared with 399 the season before, including three podiums (and one victory!) and a number of top ten finishes. There’s no doubt about her shape is trending upwards.
– I am very happy with my results. But then again, I think that there is so much more that I have in me to show to the rest of the world so hopefully that will happen this season, said Mowinckel.
She crowned her season with two medals at the Olympic Winter Games at PyeongChang 2018 where she won silver in giant slalom and downhill. When it comes to the World Ski Championships, she has yet to win a medal.
– I love Åre. It’s near where I grew up and where I went to school so I have spent a lot of time there.
Mowinckel has improved her ranking from #84 in the overall World Cup in 2013 to 8th in the the 2017/18 standings. She is an allrounder who can do well in various events.
– I had not raced speed in Åre before last season. My goal is to be at the top at the World Championships and based on the results at the Olympics, I know I can do that.
Before the Åre 2019 World Ski Championships there are a number of World Cup competitions on the schedule. After a 5thplace finish in Sölden, Ragnhild took 2ndin the GS in Killington and again 2ndin the super-G in Lake Louise. She also scored World Cup points in the downhills. There is no question, the 26-year-old Norwegian can do well in February. But there is more to Åre than ski racing , and Ragnhild herself has her favorite spots there.
– There is a bakery near the center of the town which is fantastic. Everything tastes so good, just perfect. I go there as soon as I get to Åre. It’s my happy place, but so secret that I cannot even remember what it is called, said Mowinckel and laughed.
Ragnhild Mowinckel in a nutshell
Born: 12 September 1992 in Molde, a coastal town located south-west of Trondheim
Family: Mother Sissel, father Harald and brother Fredrik
Ski Club: SK Rival
World Cup Debut: 2012 in Zagreb, Croatia
Selected highlights: Double junior world champion in 2012 in giant slalom and combined, gold and silver medalist at the Junior World Ski Championships in Quebec in 2013 (giant slalom and combined). Double Olympic silver medalist in PyeongChang 2018 in downhill and giant slalom.